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    Hey mate.

    A few of us on AusBB are looking at buying a decent belt, what do you guys recommend?

    Haz showed us this webpage which convinced a few people to give it a try.

    Before addressing other belt related topics, I want to make a bold, clarifying statement. If your goal is to get stronger (and you have been lifting longer than two months) and you refuse to wear a belt, you are a ****ing idiot. Iím sorry Iím not sorry. Look, not only are the abdominals working harder, but the pressure is increased within the trunk which stabilizes and strengthens the spine. This makes you stronger, and it is usable strength. The first time someone wears their belt in a serious training session (especially when pressing and deadlifting), their abs get sore. Not to mention the work sets are handled easier than without the belt. The belt is not something that you use to ďbust out of a training rutĒ, it is a tool that you use to get stronger, and if you arenít wearing one, then you arenít serious about your training.

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    Here are some places to buy belts from:
    Skorpions Gym - Belts - - - - Scorpions Gym and Powerlifting Club - - -
    Underground Elite - Underground Elite :: Gym Accessories :: Powerlifting Belt - Single Prong Power Belt
    Muscle Genesis - OutBak Belt (Leather Powerlifting Belt) - Muscle Genesis - Discount Supplements Australia -

    If you could share your experiences you've had with any weightlifting belts, where you bought it from and what you think of it, that would be great!

    PS: This is NOT a thread to hate on belts.





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    I've got the Outbak belt. Fine for general powerlifting training. As a beginner, it has served me well. It is a little uncomfortable around the edges compared to the Titan belts and the buckle and strap are a pain once you really tighten the belt up. I also agree with what macmad said about the teeth wearing out the holes.

    The Outbak is no good if have any intention of wearing a bench shirt in future. You cannot do it up without a helper. I'd get a lever belt if you are planning on trying out equipment at any stage.

    Go to Titan Australia if you want a Toro belt: www.titanaustralia.com.au

    I haven't tried the Inzer lever belt.


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    I have a Toro I bought from Minh over there at Titan Australia, awesome belt, I would never go away from a lever belt it is incredible.


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    Nina and Annie got the Inzer lever belt, Adam Coe bought me one back in 1992, its still mint.


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    Oh, and Alvin, I know its not a hate thing, but youre being guided by a post on a website.

    Heres another.

    While I understand and have read all the arguments for and against belts, and I dont stop any of my clients using them, I havent had one client with a strong core defer to a belt.

    This week Max broke the WR deadlift in his class by 10kg without a belt. He will add another 10kg next week. So if he breaks a WR by 20kg without one, why is everybody else wearing one?

    I'm guessing because they have weak cores. There is nothing wrong with wearing a belt if you feel you may need the support. The benefit Max has yeilded by never wearing a belt is he can clean 120kg @75kg, get 120kg overhead, and lower it back to his shoulders, not simply drop it. He can double body weight front squat, and can rack pull and hold 4 x BW....easily.

    Maybe he could do more with a belt, but he steadfastly refuses to wear one. We had the same situation with his grip when he started. He refused wraps, and can now hold 320kg easily.

    I believe his core is as strong as it is BECAUSE he never wore a belt. His mum wears one, she has a weak core. Annie wears one, she folds in half when she deadlifts.

    Big Nick commented that Max NEVER loses his back when he lifts, its lazer flat, no matter what the weight or the exercise.

    I'm not trying to convince anyone they dont need a belt. I'm just providing an opposing argument to the one you posted.

    For the record, Max has set himself a long term goal. In WPC equipped section, Ed Coan pulled 330kg, its a Junior WR still. Max has 5 years to break that record, he has set his sights on it. The catch is, he wants to break it raw. It has stood for 37 years. He'll pull 230kg pretty soon. That means 20kg a year for 5 years. The hardest part will be keeping his bodyweight down. With the 24 hour weigh in, he can get to 90kg and drop the weight.

    I suppose if he does pull 300kg without a belt, it will help our argument, seeing as 220kg hasnt yet.

    This post is purely for balance against Alvins.


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    Quote Originally Posted by PTC View Post
    For the record, Max has set himself a long term goal. In WPC equipped section, Ed Coan pulled 330kg, its a Junior WR still. Max has 5 years to break that record, he has set his sights on it.
    Admirable goal!

    FWIW, Ed Coan broke his own 82.5kg Junior record in the IPF in 1984 with 347.5kg.

    Technically Max shouldn't have to get 330kg to claim the WPC record.
    The lift is claimed as a WPC record, but it is actually a American Powerlifting Federation Record. WPC wasn't created until 1986, but it was essentially created by APF, so they carried over the national records. Coan never actually lifted in the WPC, as he was in USAPL/IPF from 1984 to the late 90s.


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    Great info, thank you very much.

    Seeing how we lift in the WPC, we'll have to simply go by there records.

    Ed Coan is the greates lifter ever, there would be nothing better than beating an equipped record of his raw.

    Getting close would be sensational.

    I should mention Matt Middleton lifts in the 75's, he'll pull 260kg at least next week as a junior..................but he wears a belt.


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    Even if he gets within 10% of Coan to say it would be a massive achievement is an understatement. It would still be an all-time Australian junior deadlift record.


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    Does anyone know if Ed wore a belt?


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